Coast Guard families have a lot on their plate. Whether you are a couple without children or a family of 10, you know what I am talking about. All too often, Coast Guard families feel as though they are the forgotten ones—the branch that supposedly is not really “military”. You and I know that could not be further from the truth. The United States Coast Guard is in fact a military service and is one of the five branches of the US Armed Forces.
In 1915, the deal was sealed, even though the Coast Guard had been around for a long, long time before that. That is neither here nor there though because some naysayers will continue to disagree with you. Well, show them this and tell them to stick it in their hat: Coast Guard Authorization Act
If you don’t feel like reading the White House release, know this, that on October 15, 2010, President Obama stated “[t]oday I have signed into law H.R. 3619, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. This Act strengthens the Coast Guard as a military service and branch of the Armed Forces in the Department of Homeland Security by providing organizational flexibility for the Coast Guard and allowing for improvements to its military housing. Additionally, the Act materially enhances the marine safety and maritime security missions of the Coast Guard, and it includes language to implement the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001.”
There you have it folks, a reiteration of the Coast Guard being a military service.
Know this too: Coast Guard Family Organization, Inc. (CGFO) is working hard to get more recognition and programs for Coast Guard families. However, they cannot do it without your feedback. Write them, and also write your Congress reps, and keep yourself informed and be proactive. There are always going to be uninformed people, but we know you are working hard day to day and enduring your own sacrifices and trials just as the millions of other military families throughout the world. So, keep on keepin’ on and give a shout out to CGFO and let them know your needs and thoughts. You have a voice--let it be heard! Write CGFO at firstname.lastname@example.org